It was great to hear the announcement from Hon David Parker, the Minister for Environment, about funding from the Jobs for Nature for freshwater clean-up projects. One of these projects is with Ngāti Koata Trust who will receive $759,000 over four and half years for their Securing the mauri of Moawhitu project. The project aims to restore Moawhitu through a multi-partner initiative. The project partners will undertake targeted restoration of Lake Moawhitu water quality, re-introduction of woody habitat for taonga species, and revegetation of indigenous plants. It is expected to create 8.4 FTE.
We have seen, through our activities in Kaikōura, in Kawatiri, in Wakefield, in floods and fires, in earthquakes and aftershocks, that Whānau Ora is consistently representing and advocating for whānau in emergency management.
This week Gina-Lee, Ivy, Kahutane and I were part of a consultation exercise in creating a new emergency management system. The proposed new legislation was signalled by the Minister, Hon Kiritapu Allan, at the end of last year:
Further information about these reforms can be found here.